“I love the creativity that you can be inspired by anything whether it’s a quote or an experience. It doesn’t have to necessarily be a physical object and to me that is amazing.”
Abla Sofy is an amazing stylist who has a very keen sense of fashion. She has been a stylist for major celebrities and worked for many major companies. Here is what Abla had to say when we sat down for an interview-
Many young women dream of becoming a stylist one day, but you have managed to make that dream a reality. When did you decide you wanted to go into fashion?
Ever since I was young fashion has been a passion of mine, and working in fashion has always been my dream. I always knew I was going to find a way to make it happen, I just didn’t know how. I just believed in myself and my talent, and that someone in the industry would believe in me and give me this opportunity.
Is there anything about fashion that inspires you?
Since I was young, my family has traveled all over. I have always been inspired from different cultures from around the world, whether it’s European, Arab or Indian style. I’ve grown to appreciate all cultures and learned to put my own personal touch on them to make it on trend and timeless.
You were the fashion stylist for Gigi and Bella Hadid’s father and now are a stylist for Guess and Paul Marciano. How has this change impacted your life?
It was incredible to work with Mohamed Hadid. I loved styling him and he has a great and strong image, so it was fun to play off that. It was a big change for me to go from working with one person, to such a big iconic company like Guess, where they really challenge you creatively. It was a great learning experience for me.
How would you say you got to where you are now?
This has always been my dream. I was fortunate enough to have people who believed in me and my talent, so they pushed me and inspired me to work hard and make my dreams come true.
You have a master’s degree in business from the International University of Rabat and studied fashion at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. How do you think studying in these places had an impact in your career? Was there anything that caught your eye at one of these universities?
The two experiences were very different. Business school comes to my advantage everyday as it allows me to keep a realistic and logical eye in such a creative industry where it’s easy to get carried away. Being at FIDM was more hands on, and I learned every aspect of the fashion industry.
You’re able to transpire many topics as stylist. Is there any topic you enjoy talking about the most?
Just the creative approach of fashion. I love the creativity that you can be inspired by anything whether it’s a quote or an experience. It doesn’t have to necessarily be a physical object and to me that is amazing.
How do you see yourself expanding your stylist career in the future?
I would love to continue styling and transition into having my own brand because I can better express myself and my creativity.